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    This is a thread to post any interesting reference or resource links that may be useful for writers.
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  • #2
    Some odds & ends
    • A Collection of Unusual Epithaphs
      Funny, original, curious, quaint, touching, poetic, telling monumental inscriptions. Browse by surname or by location.
    • Digital Archives of the Carroll Public Library
      Public Library in Carroll, Iowa. Newspaper archived back to 1884.
    • Friends of the Cemetery
      Searchable database for over 21,000 burials in Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers (formerly Layman's) Cemetery in Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota.
    • Athens Historic Newspapers Archive
      A project of the Digital Library of Georgia. The Athens Historic Newspapers Archive spans the years 1827-1922 and includes four newspaper titles. The site is free and word searchable.
    • Online New York Naturalization Records and Indexes
      A directory of online New York naturalization indexes listed by county.
    • Online Illinois Naturalization Records and Indexes
      A directory of online Illinois naturalization indexes listed by county.
    • Dictionary of Old Occupations: A-Z Index
      Free online dictionary explaining well over a thousand old occupations, trades and professions.
    • A collective list of historic cemeteries in Putnam County, NY.
      All active and closed cemeteries listed with address, GPS, description, and a developing list of all burials, by the Putnam Co. Cemetery Committee.
    • DonsList Finding Guides
      30,000+ microfilm reels from the National Archive are now freely available in digital form on the Internet Archive. Guide.DonsList.Net provides finding guides which allow you to easily find the reel you want with a link to go directly to it. These records include the complete US decennial census from 1790-1930, extensive Pensioner and Military Service Records from the American Revolution, the War of 1812 and the Civil War, and much more.
    • U.S. State & County Boundary, Highway and Atlases Maps
      U.S. State and County Boundary Maps, D.O.T. Highway Maps and Atlas Map Images of old american atlases during the years 1750 to 1900.
    • Virginia State & County Maps
      Virginia State & County Boundary, D.O.T Highway and old Atlases Maps.
    • The Review Newspaper Archives Online
      Get access to The Review Online Archives, Vankleek Hill Newspaper, EARLIEST editions covering Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec since 1893.
    • Colorado State & County Maps 1850 to Present
      Colorado State & County Boundary, D.O.T Highway and old Atlases Maps.
    • Westerly Journeys
      Westward migration from the pilgrims to forty niners--name lists, genealogy, local history. (Surnames: CALHOUN, MORTON, PAINTER, BRYAN, CONN, COLEMAN, WEST, GRIFFITH, STONE...more.
    • - United States
      A site for gravestone photos with captions, for all of the United States.
    • England Jurisdictions, 1851
      Interactive England county maps showing parishes, districts, hundreds, probate courts, dates of parish creation, dates of extant records and much, much more.
    • American Surnames
      A comprehensive guide to the origins, etymologies and distribution of over 150,000 American surnames.
    • Geograph
      Aims to collect a photograph from every geographical grid square in the UK & Ireland. Fantastic if you want to find a photo of where your ancestors originated.
    • Old Time Cooking Recipes
      Collection of over 700 traditional homemade cooking recipes from our grandmothers kitchens.
    • Historical Maps of Nebraska
      These digitized maps of early Nebraska were scanned from atlases published between 1850 and 1901.
    • In Old Fort Dodge
      Historical articles and news about the early days of Fort Dodge, Iowa, and the surrounding area. Articles are posted on the date they originally published.
    • Parish Registers Database Search
      English parish register database containing free transcripts and images taken from many published books.
    • Historic Court Records
      Historic Court Records consists of extracts, transcripts and indices of records in repository in the Fredericksburg Circuit Court, Fredericksburg, Virginia.
    • World Newspapers and Magazines
      World Newspapers and magazines sorted by country.
    • Historic Palm Beach County
      News, photos, and discussions of and about the history of Palm Beach County, Florida, and the historic archives of The Palm Beach Post, the Palm Beach Daily News, and other local newspapers.
    • The Canadian Gravemaker Gallery
      This is the oldest and the largest free access national Canadian site which collects and displays photos of grave markers in cemeteries. Currently there are almost 1,000 completely photographed cemeteries and 400,000 photos online.

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    • #3
      A bunch of sites that can be used as a source of images and photographs.

      Explore England's Past
      ‘Explore England’s Past’ provides free access to 1000s of local history resources including images, transcribed wills and documents and town trails. Areas included are Bristol, Cornwall, County Durham, Derbyshire, Exmoor, Herefordshire, Kent, Oxfordshire, Sussex and Wiltshire.

      World War I Through the Lens of one Private's Camera
      John E. Schroeder's photo Diary of World War I documenting from his enlistment in late in 1917 through the end of the war, the early occupation of Germany and his return to the USA. Many of his fellow soldiers are named on this site.

      Clive Ruggles Image Collection-
      Over a thousand images of archaeological sites in the Americas, Australia, the British Isles, Continental Europe and Polynesia taken by Clive Ruggles of Leicester University.

      The Virtual Museum of Métis History and Culture - pretty much everything you need to know about the Metis of Canada. *Lots* of pictures to view.

      Canadian Architectural Archives - contains thousands of images that document nearly 50 years of Canadian architectural, cultural and social heritage.

      Images Canada has about 100,000 pictures (from c. 1850 to c 1950). Check out the 'Image Trail' and 'Photo Essay' sections. Good source of 'old' pics

      ArchiviaNet - part of Libraries and Archives Canada. Searchable database allows you access to over 40,000 pictures available online

      Airships R Us
      Photographs of the world's historic airships. Updated monthly.

      The CN Images of Canada Gallery contains more than 1000 digitized images which date from the mid-nineteenth century to the mid 1980s which record the history and activities of CN and its predecessor companies, including the Canadian Northern, Intercolonial and Grand Trunk railways - a number that will continue to grow in the years to come.

      The Glenbow Archives, located in Calgary, Alberta, houses over 100 000 historical photographs of the Canadian West, 50 000 of which are now available online.

      The Halton Images collection depicts people, places and events in developing towns and communities during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in Southern Ontario. Contributed by members of a diverse group including historical societies, museums, libraries and individuals, the images reflect moments and milestones in the region's history.

      The Nova Scotia Museum is a decentralized family of museums operated by the Nova Scotia Department of Tourism and Culture. The Nova Scotia Museum Image Collection contains over 100 000 photographs, postcards and illustrations depicting the natural and cultural heritage of Nova Scotia and the Atlantic region of Canada. These photographs have been collected by the Nova Scotia Museum over the past 135 years.
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      • #4
        Project Gutenberg - Project Gutenberg is the first and largest single collection of free electronic books, or eBooks.

        Apollo Lunar Surface Journal - Reports, full transcripts, air-to-ground communications audio, pictures, videos, summaries, the whole stuff -- all available for viewing/download.

        Temporal Anomalies in Time Travel Movies - unraveling the problems of time travel in all the various movies that mention it. Nice in-depth analysis.

        NationMaster - massive central data source and a handy way to graphically compare nations. NationMaster is a vast compilation of data from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, UN, and OECD. Using the site, you can generate maps and graphs on all kinds of statistics with ease.

        U.S. Place Names Gazetteer - Pretty neat site. Only good for US sites, alas, but the information is rather outstanding. It basically puts all the relevant map sites and whatnot on one page. You can search for info on pretty much any community, even the really small ones.

        Godchecker - From the website: We have more Gods than you can shake a stick at. Godchecker's Mythology Encyclopedia currently features over 2,850 deities. Browse the pantheons of the world, explore ancient myths, and discover Gods of everything from Fertility to Fluff with the fully searchable Holy Database Of All Known Gods.

        FlightAware - FlightAware offers live flight data, airport information, weather maps and charts, as well as aviation news. As an example of the detail of information, the airport at Bagdad, Arizona is 4552 feet long, 60 feet wide, gets about 2 flights a day on average and at the moment I'm posting this link there's unusual air currents in vicinity of aprt; especially approach end runway 23.

        Technovelgy - Explore the inventions and ideas of science fiction writers at Technovelgy (that's tech-novel-gee!) - over 1,690 are available. Use the Timeline of Science Fiction Invention or the alphabetic Glossary of Science Fiction Technology to see them all, look for the category that interests you, or browse by favorite author / book. Browse more than 1,930 Science Fiction in the News and Beyond Technovelgy articles.

        Dave's Mythical Creatures and Places - nice little collection of facts and resources about mythical creatures and places.

        Encyclopedia Astronautica - the NASA history office directs people to this website, just to give you an idea of how much stuff is on this site.

        Worldmapper- Worldmapper is a collection of world maps, where territories are re-sized on each map according to the subject of interest.
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        • #5
          The Geography of Slavery in Virginia
          Digital collection of advertisements for runaway slaves, captured slaves & servants in 18th- & 19th-century Virginia newspapers. Over 4000 advertisements for runaway slaves and indentured servants from newspapers in Virginia & Maryland from 1736-1803. Keyword searchable database.

          The Stars and Stripes - The American Soldiers' Newspaper of World War I, 1918-1919
          Online scanned images.

          Kosciusko County Indiana Historic Newspaper Articles
          Historical articles from Kosciusko County Indiana newspapers & a civil war journal.

          U.S. News Archives on the Web

          The Stars and Stripes - The American Soldiers' Newspaper of World War I, 1918-1919
          Online scanned images.

          Library of Congress - American Memory - American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity. These materials, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America, serving the public as a resource for education and lifelong learning.

          Chronicling America - Historic American Newspapers - Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present.
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          • #6
            Ever wanted to have the stars and colonies in your sci-fi setting be more than just random names with no clear connection to each other? Well, as long as you stay reasonable close to Sol there are ways for that.

            Has some nice ideas for interstellar maps in general.

            This one really is the best. Enter any star name. It might give you some characteristics of the star, but it isn't as good in that as some other sites - but what's more important, it will give you a list of all stars in a radius around it of your choice. That really helps you navigate through the area...

            More 3d space maps:

            But really, that one is more of a meditative experience. It's beautifully rendered, but only shows some "significant" stars...
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            • #7
              · World War II Military Situation Maps - (American Memory from the Library of Congress)
              This site contains maps showing troop positions beginning on June 6, 1944 to July 26, 1945. Starting with the D-Day Invasion, the maps give daily details on the military campaigns in Western Europe. Some of the sheets are accompanied by a declassified G-3 Report giving detailed information on troop positions. Also includes an interactive essay about the Battle of the Bulge.

              Victorian Illustrated Newspapers and Journals: Select list

              · Irish Newspapers on the Internet
              List of links from the British Library Newspaper Library.

              · London National Papers on the Internet
              List of links from the British Library Newspaper Library.

              · Scottish Newspapers on the Internet
              List of links from the British Library Newspaper Library.

              · The British Library - Early Indian Newspapers

              Upper Canada (Ontario) Criminal Database
              Database indexes prison registers from Toronto, Whitby, Guelph, Woodstock, Chatham, Cobourg, Kitchener, Windsor, Peterborough, Lindsay, Owen Sound, Brockville, Belleville, Picton.

              · Upper Canada (Ontario) Insane Asylum Inmates
              Insane asylum database indexes to Toronto, Kingston, London, and Malden Insane asylums 1840's through 1900.

              · Upper Canada (Ontario) Land Leases and Miscellaneous Petitions
              Database indexes Upper Canada Land lease Petitions 1780s through 1840s.

              · the BIG Map Blog
              A blog by a filmmaker/geographer providing enormous maps and access to the full-resolution file. All kinds of historic maps.

              Victorian Era Calling Cards Genealogical Database
              This database is composed of data from Victorian Era calling cards. These cards come from all over the United States & date from 1850-1910 with most of them undated. Calling cards were used in polite society for a call and visitations to someone.

              · United States Office of Coast Survey - Historical Map & Charts
              The Office of Coast Survey's Historical Map & Chart Collection is a rich archive of high-resolution images capturing a vast wealth of the U.S. government's historical surveying and mapping. The collection of over 35,000 scanned images - covering offshore and onshore sites - includes some of the Nation's earliest nautical charts, bathymetric maps, city plans, and Civil War battlefield maps

              World War II Poster Collection
              The Government and Geographic Information and Data Services Department at Northwestern University Library has a comprehensive collection of over 300 posters issued by U.S. Federal agencies from the onset of war through 1945.

              · The Guide to British War Medals
              An illustrated guide to the most commonly encountered British War Medals.

              · The Guide to the French Medals
              An illustrated guide to the most commonly encountered French medals.

              Internet Medieval Sourcebook (ORB) - Fordham University

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              • #8
                Maritime Resources

                Sailing Warships of all Nations - Must Visit Site - complete listings for USA and European countries.

                Sailing Navies: Ship and officer listings - comprehensive.

                Historic Naval Ships of the World - by location

                United States: Ship of the Line.

                National Maritime Digital Library

                Maritime and Naval Museum Links


                Good resource for budding Military SF writers if you want it to be somewhat believable.


                New York Subway

                Everything you ever wanted to know about the New York City subway -- history, historical maps, list of abandoned subway stations, art collections, photos, and so forth.



                I have no idea if anyone will find this useful but it's still a neat link. - Mars Global Digital Dune Database
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                • #9
                  For those who want to have just ONE go-to website for all things space related, allow me to introduce to you the one and only Atomic Rockets


                  Seriously - this site freaking HUGE. Check out this one link - Future History

                  You can seriously expect to spend a whole day on this site and still only scratch the surface - and walk away with tons of ideas.
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                  • #10
                    Damn, that's a lot of great resources.

                    After that, I feel a little silly only offering up one site, but here's a great resource for coming up with names, especially for a one-off character or something similar.


                    • #11
                      The Space Settlement Library from the National Space Society, with abundant literature.
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                      • #12
                        Did you know that there's an actual official naming system for naming features on every planet and moon in our solar system? Well, with the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature, now you know. Everything you ever needed to know about the names for all the features in our solar system

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                        • #13
                          Looking for inspiration? Visit this digital fairy tale library compiled by Dr. Ashliman of the University of Pittsburgh. They are sorted by theme and have some very obscure tales on file.
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                          • #14
                            Fantastic Victoriana Jess Nevins collection of characters from science fiction, fantasy, mystery and adventure literature from the 19th and early 20th centuries.

                            International Hero A comprehensive list, usually illustrated, of superheroes and supervillains from all over the world.

                            Atomic Rockets An in depth look at the technologies of space travel, both real and fictional.


                            • #15
                              Welcome to Use the search function above to find our free PDF ebooks or use the category list to browse to books. All books on are Public Domain texts and free to download as pdf-files. This online library project is still under development and we are adding new e-books every day. Suggestions are welcome.
                              It is absolutely amazing what kind of stuff they have here...

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